Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Source: Borrowed from the library
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.
Elsie has trouble making friends, she has always been an outsider. She has never found anyone that shares her move of music outside of her family. She gives one final attempt to be popular and when that fails she debates giving up on everything until she discovers a underground night club called Start. She meets Pippa and Vicky who accept her and introduce her to Char who is the DJ at the club. She is given the opportunity to learn how to become a DJ. Elsie soon discovers how much she loves DJing and her nightlife. She continues to DJing even when it starts to cause problems with her family.
It took me awhile to like Elsie. She was a little frustrating at first, I felt like the author portrayed a high school really well and I sympathized with Elsie but I did not like how she turned her back on her family. Once she discovers Start she becomes a lot more confident in herself and her abilities. Vicky is one of the girls who introduces Elsie to Start. Vicky is in a band with her brother who is completely adorable. Vicky and her brother have great banter that brings a funnier side to this serious novel. Pippa is the second girl who introduces Elsie to Start. It soon becomes apparent that Pippa has a lot more to her than this happy go lucky party girl that comes out to Start with Vicky and Char.
I loved the story. There is a ton of music references but there was a lot of bands I have heard of so I did not feel a disconnect from the story at any point. I really enjoyed the story of Elsie and how she becomes this strong character that does not let anyone walk all over her. I was skeptical at first but it was really good. I gave it a 4/5.